The Indonesian carrier Lion Air is said to be a launch customer for the new Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft. Lion Air Group President Director Edward Sirait has confirmed that the airline will be a launch customer for this new variant.
The President Director did not, however, reveal the number of MAX 10 aircraft that would be ordered. The airline’s order for 201 MAX aircraft in 2012 has also yet to be broken down into specific variant orders. This order also included 29 737-900ER aircraft which would be added to their existing and world’s largest -900ER fleet.
Just as the first 737 MAX 8 aircraft was delivered to Malindo Air, the first 737 MAX 9 will be delivered to Lion Air. This airline is one of Boeing’s largest customers, such a large order will allow the MAX program to continue to grow and be successful.
Although the 737 MAX 10 has not been formally unveiled, it is planned to be released during the Paris Air Show later this month. The MAX 10 is designed to compete with Airbus’ A321neo aircraft. Seating for the -10 is composed of 189 seats in a dual-class configuration while a single-class layout consists of 230 seats. The -10 has a modest stretch of 66 inches, totaling a length of 143 ft. (44m). This results in no major changes to the wing structure or engines. The only change to the new aircraft is a trailing-link main landing gear which allows for the rotation of the aircraft to be slightly more aft. The -10 will appeal to airlines that already fly larger variants of the 737 Next Generation family.